Drinks like beer, malt liquor, wine, and hard liquor contain alcohol. Alcohol is the ingredient that gets you drunk.

Hard liquor—such as whiskey, rum, or gin—has more alcohol in it than beer, malt liquor, or wine.

These drink sizes have about the same amount of alcohol in them:

  • 12 ounces of regular beer
  • 8-9 ounces of malt liquor
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 1 ½ ounces of hard liquor
This image shows that 12 oz of regular beer, 8-9 oz of malt liquor, 5 oz of wine, and 1.5 oz of distilled spirit are all the equivalent of a standard drink.Being drunk can make a person feel very silly, angry, or sad for no reason. It can make it hard to walk in a straight line, talk clearly, or drive.Photo by: The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Some slang names for alcohol are:

  • Booze
  • Juice
  • Hooch
  • Sauce

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